Suh Tells ESPN ‘The Stomp’ Made Him A Better Player
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) The Lions’ Ndamukong Suh has been silent since the Thanksgiving Day alleged groin kick that drew gasps from around the sports-loving world.
But ESPN revealed a preview of an article on Suh Monday that will be on newsstands December 10 in which the superstar player talks traffic offenses, the stomp on Packers’ QB Evan Dietrich-Smith during the 2011 Thanksgiving game, the persistent Lolo Jones rumors, and the “Sporting News” dirtiest player label.
Throughout the talk, he appears to be confident and not at all apologetic.
97.1 The Ticket made it into the interview with the writer asking Suh to react to a caller’s statement that he “has not been the same player since the Stomp.”
“I’m not the same player — I’m a better player,” he responded. “I have a greater awareness now of how people look at you. Since that incident on Thanksgiving, there are a million cameras on me, so I have to understand that everything I do is being watched. I will always have to deal with that. But you can’t worry about it. My job is to defeat the guy in front of me, do it until he quits and then wait for them to send in the next guy.”
He later called ‘the stomp’ an “embarrassing moment” for himself, the fans, and his family — which he says he grew from.
Suh also takes on the infamous early morning sidesweep on the side of I-94 on his way to the Lions practice field earlier this season. The victim alleged Suh hit his car, then said “I advise you to leave now,” when he tried to follow him to the practice field to make a report.
He told ESPN about the incident: “It’s always gonna be, I’m an African-American guy who’s rich with a nice car and I sideswiped somebody who has a Ford Escort, or whatever it might be, and I’m gonna be the bad guy.”
He is the bad guy, according to the Texans QB Matthew Schaub — victim of the groin jab — who said Monday during a radio interview: “You don’t want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that’s not Houston Texan-worthy.”